I know some are asking for a re-balance, but figured it would be handy to have a spot where people can post all their tips and tricks for the event as-is for now… and then it can be adjusted if there is a re-balance to the event.
My few tips from doing about 20 meteors now successfully. These are for me solo, so might need adjusted if in a group.
1 - Since the meteors trigger similar to regular ones when you enter the center of a region. Go to a planet you haven’t done much region exploring on, or if you have an alt that mainly stays around your base, take them out and explore regions (this is what I did). As you find the center of the regions make a location marker for that spot to make warping there later easier for meteor triggering. Once you have most or all of the region centers marked you can just warp to them and watch the sky and see if it triggers a meteor… I don’t think it will if someone has been there recently… and then rinse repeat till you trigger one.
2 - The meteors last a while, so don’t rush in… wander around the outside edge a minute and find a spot that will be easier to see the spitters but also has some barriers or maybe a hole that you can use to your advantage to avoid their shots.
3 - Take your time and try to just engage a couple of spitters at a time, pulling them away from the portals that spawn from to engage / kill them. Use barriers and move around a lot while continually throwing snowballs their way even if you are not sure you are hitting them.
4 - Put snowball stacks in both hands, and make sure you are starting with full smart stacks before starting the meteor so you want have to reload during the fight. Easy enough to make more, so restock after each meteor and don’t be shy using them… just let em fly and might get in some hits that you did not even mean to (i.e. if you can’t see the spitter well)
5 - (I think) 9 hits is all the embarrassment you can take, but they wear of pretty quickly so once you are done killing a couple of spitters, move away a bit and let your embarrassment run down to 0 before engaging more of them to be safe. Even in the middle of a fight, if you get up in the 6 or 7 hits range its better to run and avoid a bit to let it wear down then re-engage.
Using these methods I have only failed 2 attempted meteors. Completing them solo tends to take about 5 mins for a lvl-1 and 8-10 mins for a lvl-2 and overall I have seen between 2 and 6 red canes per meteor plus all the other stuff.
Others that have tips / tricks, please feel free to add to this thread.